#NextLevel2020-21: Wakulla’s Watkins Makes Thirteen

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Wakulla Class of 2020 graduate Slade Watkins (seated, center) prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend the University of Mount Olive (NC) and wrestle for the Trojans in the 2020-21 academic year. Seated with Slade are mom Jennifer and dad Rad Calhoun. Standing behind them, from left, are grandparents Patsy Enochs, Glenn Horner and Patricia Horner (Photo submitted by Jennifer Calhoun).

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#TheSeason2019-20: Deltona

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

We are into our fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our third team up out of 2A-District 4, the fifth from the district and 49th team overall, is Deltona.

DELTONA

You can see everything I have on the Wolves in 2019-20 here –>  DELTONA

Win/loss record: 5-13 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Wolves’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen, with all results reported to Track.

DELTONA

Season in a nutshell: Deltona began the year with the Clash of the Titans tournaments at University (Orange City), taking 18th of 20 teams in the Lady Titans event on December 6 and 13th of 17 teams in the Titans event on the 7th. After a midweek dual win on the 11th, Deltona hosted the one-day Deltona Duals on the 14th, going 3-2 and placing third in the tournament. After a midweek dual loss on the 17th, the Lady Wolves contingent went to Matanzas for its one-day Lady Pirate Classic on the 21st. After the holidays, Deltona traveled to Fleming Island for its two-day Keystone Memorial tournament, with a 1-4 record in duals on January 3 and a 12th-place finish (out of 20 teams) in the IBT component on the 4th. Next up was the 2A-District 4 dual team tournament on the 11th, where the Wolves were 0-2 with a short-handed group. The rest of the month featured midweek duals followed by a single-day IBT on Saturday. After a midweek dual loss on the 15th, the Wolves finished T-15th (out of 25 teams) at St Cloud’s Milton-Winter IBT on the 18th. Another midweek dual loss followed on the 22nd, with Deltona then taking 16th out of 17 teams at conference rival DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT on the 25th. The month wrapped with a midweek dual loss on the 29th, and then February kicked off with the Wolves taking 17th out of 19 teams at Steinbrenner’s Live Greco IBT on the 1st. The Wolves then finished seventh out of nine teams at 5 Star Conference on the 8th. After a midweek dual loss on the 12th, the Wolves were T-92nd at the girls’ state tournament on the 14th and 15th. Deltona took fourth at the District 4 traditional tournament and finished 19th out of 32 teams at Region 1, sending two wrestlers to states. The Wolves lost three key lower-weight seniors to graduation this year, but can call upon as many as six returning starters in 2020-21, plus they’ll have a few kids that had brief starting appearances back as well.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Dianna Pineda (junior, 13-15 at 106, 1-2 at girls’ state, 1 match from regions); Kevin Kerns (sophomore, 29-19 at 113, district runnerup, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Zane Hair (junior, 5-21 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Mason Ortiz (sophomore, 5-26 at 145, 1 match from regions); Ethan Chiu (senior, 30-17 at 220, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Nathan Hatch (sophomore, 15-9 at 285, region 3rd, 1-2 at regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Luis Vazquez (24-10 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Carlos Pineda (24-17 at 126, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Jacob Swanson (24-16 at 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions);

2019-20 MVP: Rising senior Ethan Chiu is poised to make himself a 220 to watch in 2020-21, earning the Wolves’ lone district title and getting to the state tournament in 2019-20. Chiu was the runnerup at Titan Clash (losing to a state placer in the final) and was 4-1 at Deltona Duals. He had a solid 6-2 weekend at Keystone, taking sixth in the IBT portion, and was 3-2 and one match short of placing at St Cloud. Chiu added a fourth at Live Greco, but had a quick exit due to injury at 5 Star. No matter; Chiu would rebound to win his district bracket behind two pins and a decision. At Region 1, Chiu took an overtime loss in the quarterfinals to a fellow Matmen MVP, but rallied for three tight victories (winning by four points, two of those wins against district rivals) to secure his space at states. Chiu could be in the mix to get to Saturday in March 2021, and a podium spot isn’t out of the realm of possibility, either.

2020-21 captain: A young team in 2020-21 will be well-served by a young captain, and rising sophomore Kevin Kerns just might fit the bill for the Wolves. Kerns was 4-1 at Deltona and put together solid if unspectacular tournaments at Keystone, St Cloud and DeLand. He seemed to break out, however, after two months of high school varsity experience, taking the consolation title at Live Greco (after losing to the eventual champ in the first round) and taking third at 5 Star with a 3-1 record. Kerns reached the District 4 final with two wins and an extended fight before a decision loss. At Chiles for Region 1, Kerns pinned both of his Friday opponents to reach the semis, where he lost to the eventual champion. Undeterred, Kerns added two more bonus-point wins in the consis to take third. While his first states experience was shorter than hoped for, Kerns has three more chances to go, and we should see a podium spot in his career down the road.

Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore Mason Ortiz had a rough introduction to varsity wrestling, as just one of his losses went the full six minutes (his first match) and he went a very long time in between contested wins. Between a midweek fall in mid-December and districts, there were none, but Ortiz kept suiting up and going out and trying for the Wolves, with a full appearance at Deltona, Keystone, district duals, St Cloud, DeLand, Steinbrenner and conference, plus every midweek dual in between. Even at districts, Ortiz’s first match ended by fall, but he was able — after two months of waiting and trying — to get a fall of his own in the consis. Getting to regions didn’t work out in the blood round, but it didn’t end by pin, as 24 other matches had this past year. For continuing to battle in the face of on-the-mat adversity, Mason Ortiz is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Deltona.

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#TheSeason2019-20: Pedro Menendez

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

We are into our fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our second team up is out of 1A-District 5, the fifth from the district and 48th team overall, is Pedro Menendez.

PEDRO MENENDEZ

You can see everything I have on the Falcons in 2019-20 here –>  PEDRO MENENDEZ

Win/loss record: 12-17 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Falcons’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.

MENENDEZ LOGO  Season in a nutshell: Pedro Menendez began the season with a trip to conference rival Orange Park’s midweek Raider 8-Way on December 4, with a 3-2 record that night. The Falcons stayed in duals mode two weeks later, this time for the St Johns River Conference duals tournament at Matanzas on the 18th, finshing with a 1-4 record there. After the holidays, Menendez competed in the St Johns County Championships, a one-day scramble on January 4 in which no team scores were kept. Next was the 1A-District 5 dual team tournament on the 7th, in which the Falcons were 3-1 and advanced to Region 2 for the first time in school history. Next was a weekend trip to Terry Parker for the USMC Duals on January 10-11, where the Falcons were 4-3 on the weekend. After a quarterfinal loss in the Region 2 duals tournament on the 16th, Menendez had a midweek dual loss on the 21st, then went back to Orange Park the very next day for the Orange Park Duals midweek event, where it was 1-4 on the night. Another midweek dual loss on the 23rd wrapped up the Falcons’ duals season; Pedro Menendez then placed 23rd out of 33 teams at the Flagler Rotary on January 31-February 1 and T-27th at the Clay Rotary on February 7-8. The Falcons were third at the 1A-District 5 traditional tournament, and qualified one wrestler out of Region 2, where they were 17th out of 31 teams. At states, behind one medal-winning effort, Pedro Menendez was 28th out of 66 teams. The Falcons graduated two key post-season starters (with two or three more 12th graders that were just short of our matches requirement, but were names with which we were familiar), but Pedro Menendez could call upon as many as 10 returners in 2020-21.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Joseph Lepera (sophomore, 3-12 at 120, 1 match from regions); Gavin Rosario (junior, 12-15 at 126, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Logan Meehan (junior, 17-20 at 132, district 4th, 0-1 at regions-injured); Lukas Allen (sophomore, 7-8 at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jose Ruiz (senior, 12-17 at 145, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Nathan Luckadoo (senior, 16-12 at 152, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Jared Howard (sophomore, 9-24 at 160, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Connor Spossey (senior, 44-7 at 170, district champ, region runnerup, state 5th); Dane Litzinger (senior, 17-16 at 182, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Jon London (sophomore, 8-14 at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Alex Binkiewicz (8-17 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Logan Parham (17-17 at 195, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions).

2019-20 MVP: Rising senior Connor Spossey had had two good seasons already for the Falcons in 2017-18 and 2018-19, but made himself into a rising statewide presence in his junior year. His first event was at St Johns River Conference; after an early loss to a fellow Matmen MVP, Spossey would win his next 14 matches, a streak that would bring him the inaugural County title at 170 and would last into USMC Duals midway through January. After his second loss — also to a fellow Matmen MVP — Spossey won 13 straight, with a 5-0 night at Orange Park Duals. After a 4-2 weekend and one match short of placing at Flagler, Spossey ran the table at Clay Rotary, a tournament that touched off a third double-digit streak of wins and got him to the Region 2 final, where he lost only to the eventual state champion. In taking fifth at states, Spossey was 4-2 on the weekend, with a quarterfinal loss to the eventual runnerup (and 2019 state champ) and three convincing consi-side wins on the back to earn a medal. He should be in line for a second medal in 2021, and could be a candidate for Saturday night.

2020-21 captain: While Spossey is certainly the unquestioned team leader and should be again in 2020-21, we select a second wrestler for this space, and we’re tabbing rising senior Dane Litzinger for the job. Litzinger had some solid tournaments up a weight or two from his finishing weight of 182, going 4-1 at Orange Park in December and 3-1 at area duals, competing at either 195 or 220. For the past couple of seasons, Litzinger has been a model of consistency for the Falcons, and that consistency will serve Pedro Menendez’s younger wrestlers well in 2020-21. If he can find the right weight, he could be in the mix for states in March.

Zander Laurin Warrior: While a lot of the middleweights in the Falcon lineup shared time with at least one if not two others, rising sophomore Jared Howard grew into the regular starter’s role at 160. His freshman season took the tack of a lot of freshmen as high up as 160, as he did not pick up a single contested win other than in the consis at Flagler, and he did not compete in the second day there. Every loss that Howard sustained was by fall, including a run of eight straight that started at Raider 8-Way and continued until County, and six more between Parker and Orange Park in January. But, even though, there were more losses for Howard than any other Menendez wrestler, he continued to suit up and try to score points, with attempts at Flagler, Clay and districts, in a run of matches that saw Howard win just one of his last eight. For battling through on-the-mat adversity, Jared Howard is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Pedro Menendez.

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We Have An Offseason. So Far. We Hope.

The wheels are starting to turn on the 2020 offseason in the Jacksonville area. May they continue to turn safely.

We went out for a brief visit to Gracie Barra Jacksonville, where Johan Olarte with Applied Pressure Wrestling presented a two-day clinic and rumble for interested campers, with Life University men’s head coach Omi Acosta. Below follows one of our photos from the day.

There were local campers, mostly, but there were a couple from Cypress Lake HS in Ft Myers and a couple more from Atlanta.

You can find more on our Instagram at nflamatmen and our Facebook page, shortly. Assuming I figure out how to make them work (the Insta photos are all up now).

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LIfe University men’s wrestling coach Omi Acosta (standing) helps two campers work on turns during situational wrestling Saturday at Gracie Barra Jacksonville, site of a two-day clinic/rumble event put on by Applied Pressure Jacksonville (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

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#TheSeason2019-20: Paxon

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

This post kicks off our fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our first team up is out of 1A-District 3, the fifth from the district and 47th team overall, is Paxon.

PAXON

You can see everything I have on the Golden Eagles in 2019-20 here –>  PAXON

Win/loss record: 3-32 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Golden Eagles’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.

PaxonCrest2  Season in a nutshell: Paxon began the season at Gateway Conference rival Terry Parker’s two-day Arlington Optimist Invitational, where the Golden Eagles placed 10th out of 12 teams on December 6-7. After a midweek tri-meet saw them open their dual season on the 11th with a pair of losses, the Eagles then went to district rival Fernandina Beach’s inaugural Dual in the Dunes tournament on the 14th, where Paxon compiled a 1-4 record and placed ninth. It stayed in district the following weekend for the Yulee Duals on the 20th-21st, but couldn’t find a win in eight duals there. After the holidays, the Golden Eagles were back in action at Terry Parker for the USMC Duals on January 10-11, where Paxon was 0-7 and placed 14th. It had a midweek dual win on the 16th and split a pair of midweek duals on the 22nd before going back to Parker for the Parker Duals on the 24th and 25th, where the Golden Eagles finished 0-9. They went to Fletcher for the Gateway traditional tournament on January 31 and February 1, placing 12th out of 15 teams. Paxon then completed the regular season with a midweek quad, going 0-3. The Golden Eagles then finished eighth at the 1A-District 3 traditional tournament, and finished T-29th at Region 1, with no state qualifiers. Paxon graduated just one key post-season starter from its 2019-20 team, but the Golden Eagles could call upon as many as nine wrestlers with either post-season or key regular-season experience in 2020-21.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): David Kang (junior, 7-19 at 126/132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Ashton Burgess (senior, 7-26 at 132, 1 match from regions); Jared Aten (senior, 8-17 at 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Michael Dramis (senior, 22-12 at 152, district 3rd, did not compete at regions); Alex Denyakin (senior, 12-13 at 152/160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Logan Holman (junior, 6-15 at 160, 1 match from regions); Cameron Avery (senior, 7-18 at 182, 1 match from regions); Daniel Harman (senior, 5-15 at 182/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Matthew Brunelli (sophomore, 11-16 at 195, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Joshua Leynes (6-15 at 170, 1 match from regions).

2019-20 MVP: Rising senior Michael Dramis led the team in victories (22), with the corresponding highest degree of success in tournaments during the course of the season. Like many of the Paxon kids experienced, Dramis got off to a slow start, with a 2-5 record while competing between 152 and 170 in December. Things started to turn for Dramis in January, however, as he was 6-1 with three contested wins at USMC Duals. Dramis the compiled a 6-3 record, with three more contested wins, at Parker Duals two weeks later, and earned Paxon’s only place finish at Gateway, taking fourth at 152. Dramis also had the Golden Eagles’ top finish in the District 3 traditional tournament; while he didn’t compete at regions, he would have had a reasonable chance to get to the second day of competition there.

2020-21 captain: Rising senior Jared Aten was one of just two Golden Eagle wrestlers that made it out to the Region 1 tournament. It was a pretty rough start for Aten, as he won just one of his first nine matches. But, from the end of USMC Duals on to the end of the year, Aten finished those matches at nearly .500, with two pins at Gateway and, with an extended season on the line, a hard-fought decision over a senior in the District 3 blood round. Aten is one of a group of a rising Paxon 12th-graders that could be part of a changing of the guard for the Golden Eagles.

Zander Laurin Warrior: Being the only freshman on what’s essentially otherwise a group that had experience from a year ago can be difficult, but rising sophomore Matthew Brunelli battled the difficulties of that and being a freshman upper-weight at the same time, getting out to regions in the process. Brunelli was the starter at 195 for each tournament except for USMC Duals, with at least one win each for the regular-season events, including a 2-2 Gateway tournament, and held down the upper end of the lineup at each of Paxon’s last three tournaments. For doing so and sticking through the most difficult season (the first), Matthew Brunelli is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Paxon.

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#TheSeason2019-20: Bozeman

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

This post wraps up our fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 12th and last team up this round and fourth out of 1A-District 1, the 46th team overall, is Bozeman.

BOZEMAN

You can see everything I have on the Bucks in 2019-20 here –>  BOZEMAN

Win/loss record: 5-9 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.

BOZEMAN LOGO Season in a nutshell: Bozeman began the season with a trip to district rival South Walton’s Border Wars 7, where the Bucks were 20th. Bozeman’s only other event in December was a midweek quad on the 12th, where the Bucks were 0-3. After the holidays, they traveled to former district rival Mosley, the physical venue for The Bash, in which the Bucks were 2-3 and placed ninth in duals on January 3, then finished 10th in IBT competition on the 4th. After a midweek appearance at the 1A-District 1 dual team tournament on the 9th, Bozeman was next up at district rival Wewahitchka’s two-day roundrobin, the Gator Brawl, in which the Bucks were 20th on the 17th and 18th. Bozeman then had its final regular-season IBT at district rival Bay on the 24th and 25th, placing 18th at the inaugural George Mulligan Invitational. After nearly two full weeks off the competitive mats, the Bucks were 3-2 and placed seventh at Chiles’ one-day Timberwolf Duals on February 8. Bozeman wrapped up the regular season with a midweek dual loss on the 13th. The Bucks then were sixth at the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament, and then were T-20th at Region 1 at Wakulla, with no state qualifiers.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Joshua Vonkeyserling (sophomore, 14-18 at 106, 1 match from regions); Daniel Pierce (7th, 7-13 at 106, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Logan Jamison (7th, 9-27 at 113, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Nicholas Simental (sophomore, 7-16 at 120, 1 match from regions); Mason Shuller (freshman, 9-27 at 126, 1 match from regions); Christopher Eadie (sophomore, 9-17 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Kincade Lassiter (senior, 12-10 at 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Kaleb Daigle (sophomore, 6-21 at 145, 1 match from regions); Darryll Taylor (sophomore, 6-18 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Bradley Garner (sophomore, 11-27 at 152, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Walter Anderson (junior, 7-26 at 170, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Dylan Swearington (junior, 5-24 at 182, 1 match from regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Cole Galbreath, 31-10 at 285, district champ, 1 match from states).

2019-20 MVP: There aren’t a lot of first-year heavyweight seniors, that I can recall seeing in my experience, that had the kind of success that 2020 graduate Cole Galbreath had for the Bucks this past season. Galbreath was one of just two Bozeman wrestlers that had better than a .500 record, and none had more than 14 wins (let alone the 31 we recorded for him) or made it to Saturday at Wakulla as Galbreath did. He was 4-3 at Border Wars — the only Buck to earn more than two wins at that difficult event — and was 5-2 at The Bash, with both losses to an out-of-state wrestler, as he reached the IBT final there. Galbreath was 8-2 at Gator Brawl, placing fourth in that competition, and reached the final at Bay, with his only loss to an out-of-state wrestler. He max-pointed through Timberwolf Duals with a 5-0 day, and pinned his way to Bozeman’s lone District 1 title. At regions, Galbreath had two more pins to get into the semis, but then came up just short of the state tournament. Would have loved tracking him for longer, but this year was quite the introduction.

2020-21 captain: Rising senior Kincade Lassiter is the only senior that is a projected key returner from this past year’s team, and, as well, the only other Bozeman wrestler to finish the year with better than a .500 record. Lassiter missed most of January’s competition, which was why he had just 22 matches for the season, but was 4-3 at The Bash, with two of his three losses to an out-of-state wrestler and the third to the Region 1 runnerup. At districts, Lassiter dropped his opening-round match to the eventual champion, but rallied with two consi-side victories to come back for third place. At Region 1, the situation nearly repeated itself, as Lassiter lost his first round match, with a win in the consis before falling by a point to the District 1 champ.

Zander Laurin Warrior: A number of Bozeman kids had their share of struggles in 2019-20, but one point of light stood out to me while compiling stats. Rising junior Walter Anderson had lost his last 10 regular-season matches, all by either pin or tech, leading up to the District 1 tournament, and it would have been easy, even understandable, to maybe pack up and call it a season. But, even after a quick opening-round loss by fall at District 1, Anderson had other ideas. Needing a win to extend his season by at least another week, Anderson did better than that, with a major decision in the blood round of districts to get to regions. For finding a way when recent history had suggested there was none, Walter Anderson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bozeman.

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#TheSeason2019-20: Mosley

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

After this post, we have one more left in the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 11th team up this round and fourth out of 2A-District 2, the 45th team overall, is Mosley.

MOSLEY

You can see everything I have on the Dolphins in 2019-20 here –>  MOSLEY

Win/loss record: 6-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.

MOSLEY LOGO  Season in a nutshell: Mosley began the year with a trip to Tallahassee for the two-day Cam Brown Seminole Classic at Florida High on December 6-7, finishing 5th out of 12 teams overall. The Dolphins went back to Tallahassee, this time Chiles, for the two-day Capital City Classic IBT, where they were 14th out of 28 teams, their lowest IBT finish until states, on December 13-14. Mosley then had its first duals of the season on December 20-21, going to Hagerty for the two-day Johnny Rouse Duals, where they placed 19th with a 2-6 weekend record. The Dolphins wrapped up December at region/area rival Pace’s one-day IBT, the Pace Invitational, on the 28th. No team scores were transmitted from that tournament. Mosley didn’t take much holiday time, serving as physical venue for The Bash two-day tournament on January 3-4. The Dolphins were 3-1 and placed fifth in duals on the Friday, then were fifth out of 12 teams in Saturday’s IBT round. The Dolphins then had tournaments in each of the remaining full January weekends, starting with the trek to Yulee for its Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, where they were third out of 16 teams on January 10-11. Next was a shorter hop to former district rival Wewahitchka’s two-day Gator Brawl, where Mosley was fifth out of 22 teams on the 17th-18th, and then it was over to former district rival Bay’s two-day inaugural George Mulligan Memorial, where the Dolphins were second (tops among Florida teams) out of 18 teams on the 24th-25th. After a week away, Mosley then traveled to former region rival Clay’s two-day Rotary IBT, finishing ninth out of 33 teams. The Dolphins were third at the 2A-District 2 tournament and moved three wrestlers out of Region 1 to states. At the Silver Spurs Arena, Mosley was T-41st out of 77 teams. The Dolphins will graduate four key seniors from this year’s team, three of them post-season starters and two of those three state qualifiers, but Mosley will be able to call upon as many as 12 key post-season or regular-season starters in 2020-21.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Cole Bell (junior, 28-15 at 106, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Bradley Pennington (sophomore, 11-24 at 113, 1 match from regions); Darius Mailhot (sophomore, 5-31 at 120, 1 match from regions); Dan Sanders (sophomore, 4-11 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Nick Hejke (junior, 54-9 at 132, district champ, region champ, 1 match from state medal); Dalton Kovacs (sophomore, 5-16 at 152/160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Kaydon Lester (senior, 37-20 at 160, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Kenneth Green (senior, 6-10 at 160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Noe Pena (senior, 39-23 at 170, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Peyton La Fountain (junior, 10-29 at 170/182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Isaac Hall (senior, 19-31 at 182, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Robert Wills (junior, 6-10 at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Jaylan Griffin (40-13 at 138, district runnerup, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Carter Wascom (14-13 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Logan Gall (50-11 at 145, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Logan Strickland (21-21 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).

2019-20 MVP: The determination of who is most valuable is sometimes a complicated one. And, at times, a close one. It was so incredibly close for this team, at our limited vantage-point of not being able to be in each room, but in the end, we are going with our first instinct and 2020 graduate Logan Gall as the team’s MVP. After falling one match short of states in 2019, Gall sealed the deal in 2020 at 145, with a 50-win season fueled by tournament win after tournament win. That started right from the jump, as Gall won his first seven matches, including bonus-pointing through all of Cam Brown for a title there. He was fourth at Capital City and had a 7-1 record at Hagerty, then won his next three tournaments, with titles at Pace (three wins on the day), Bash (7-0 weekend, with a bracket title) and Yulee (3 wins, 2 pins). After an 9-1 third-place weekend at Gator Brawl, Gall won the George Mulligan title for his fourth regular-season title win, and placed fifth at Clay. He reached the final at District 2, falling to a placer there. At Region 1, Gall reached the semis and then survived the blood round to get out to Silver Spurs. At states, Gall was one of the Dolphins’ two match winners, with two placers out of Region 3 knocking him off.

2020-21 captain: Rising junior Nick Hejke was the Dolphins’ team leader in wins (54 as reported) and made it to states for the third time in his career, first time in 2A (like the other Dolphins). Hejke also won his first seven matches, with a title at Cam Brown and a fifth-place showing at Capital City. The second CapCity loss triggered a 14-match win streak, as Hejke bonus-pointed through the Hagerty weekend with 8-0, and was third at The Bash, with his only loss by a single point. Hejke won the 132-pound title at Yulee and finished second at Gator Brawl and third at George Mulligan. After a fifth at Clay, Hejke won seven straight matches in the post-season series, pinning his way through District 2 and into the semis at Region 1, where he would win Mosley’s only bracket of the weekend. At states, Hejke won matches on both sides of the bracket, and lost in the blood round to a two-time state placer.

Zander Laurin Warrior: 2020 graduate Carter Wascom had a hard time cracking the strongest third of the Dolphin lineup. He was the lone 138 for Mosley at Cam Brown, where he was 2-3, and then was a second Dolphin at the weight for Gator Brawl, where he was 4-6 on the weekend. Wascom had his best tournament of the season, where he had a 5-2 weekend and placed ninth. He also competed at Clay, with a solid 2-2 weekend. Although he would wind up not competing in the post-season series, he had lineup appearances in Mosley’s first regular-season event and its last, and helped keep that middle of the Mosley lineup sharp. For being the ultimate team player for the Dolphins, Carter Wascom is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Mosley.

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#NextLevel2020-21: Pace’s Jacobs Makes Twelve

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2020 Pace graduate Gabe Jacobs (seated) signs his letter of intent to attend University of the Cumberlands (KY) and wrestle for the Patriots in the 2020-21 academic year. Standing behind Jacobs, from left, are his father, Shane, and Pace assistant coaches Dean Williams and Anthony McPherson (Photo submitted by Maria Jacobs).

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#TheSeason2019-20: Atlantic

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

We are just about wrapped up with the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 10th team up this round and fourth out of 1A-District 5, the 44th team overall, is Atlantic. (In fact: Atlantic marks the official halfway-to-completion point of this work for north Florida).

ATLANTIC

You can see everything I have on the Sharks in 2019-20 here –>  ATLANTIC

Win/loss record: 10-2 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Eagles’ performance in IBT events. We were missing one set of tournament duals from Barbara Pill and three midweek duals down the homestretch of the season.

atlantic Season in a nutshell: Atlantic opened the season with a trip to Bayside for its two-day Barbara Pill Memorial, with duals on December 6 and a fifth-place showing (out of 12 teams) in IBT competition on the 7th. After a midweek dual win on the 10th, the Sharks next went back to the Space Coast area, this time for Space Coast’s Vipers Invitational, in which they were fourth out of nine teams. A midweek dual win on the 17th closed out December. Atlantic kicked off January with the 1A-District 5 dual team tournament on the 7th, in which the Sharks ran the table to win the title with a 4-0 record. After a midweek dual win over a conference rival on the 8th, Atlantic next competed in Region 2 duals, reaching the semifinals. The Sharks then had nine days off the competitive mats before going to conference rival DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT on the 25th, where they finished second out of 17 teams. That tournament kicked off a string of one-day IBTs on the Atlantic schedule, as the Sharks were fifth at Timber Creek’s Wolfpack Invitational on February 1 and took second at the 5 Star Conference meet on the 8th, with midweek duals on the 29th (or 30th; sources are a bit unclear), February 5 and 11. Atlantic wrapped up the regular season with a midweek dual win on the 12th. The Sharks won the District 5 double with their traditional title, and sent two wrestlers to states with their T-5th finish at Region 2. At the Silver Spurs Arena, Atlantic was T-48th as a team. Although the Sharks do lose four key seniors from this past year’s team, Atlantic can call upon as many as eight key returners (six of them 2020 district champions) in 2020-21, plus the Sharks had a couple of kids who fell just short of 15 reported matches.

Note: Records follow a few different paths. In some cases, to account for missing results, we were able to make adjustments to records based on what was reported to the traditional tournament district host. In a few others, asterisks had to be included for both post-season starters and key regular-season starters with 15+ matches.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Bernaldo Alvarez (sophomore, 22-13 at 113, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Jamey Bruner (junior, 20-9 at 120, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Avante Chamble (senior, 31-11* at 145, district champ, 1 match from states); David Arcieri (senior, 38-12 at 160, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Noah Anderson (junior, 29-14 at 170, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); John Wyman (junior, 7-19* at 195, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Michael Sklare (senior, 13-9* at 220, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Jared Jackson (senior, 34-3* at 285, district champ, 1 match from states).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Tyler Livingstone (12-23* at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Azizbek Rustamiy (14-7 at 132, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Jeremiah Epps (31-12* at 138, district champ, 1 match from states); Christian Henry (35-11 at 182, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions).

2019-20 MVP: Rising junior Jamey Bruner missed the first month of the season, but still had the overall most successful post-season run of any of the Sharks. He was 3-1 with three pins at the District 5 duals tournament and reached the finals at DeLand, where he lost in the final to an eventual state champion. At Timber Creek, Bruner reached the semis, taking fourth there, and got to the final at 5 Star, where he lost in overtime in the finals to a fellow state qualifier. Bruner was one of Atlantic’s seven District 5 traditional champions, and roared through Friday’s first two rounds, taking down a four-year starter in the semis before losing by fall in the final to the eventual state runnerup.

2020-21 captain: Rising senior Jared Jackson was on line to take a podium spot at 1A state at heavyweight, perhaps reach the final, but an auto accident sustained midweek between districts and regions left him at less than 100 percent. The resume Jackson had built prior to that, though, suggests he could be in line to take the top step in 2021. This past year, he’d won his first 21 matches (as reported) with titles won at Bayside and Space Coast. He max-pointed through reported results until Region 2 duals, and responded to his first loss of the season with four wins on the back before having to accept a walkover and place fourth at DeLand. Jackson then roared through Timber Creek, 5 Star and District 5, taking titles in each. With the 1A state champ graduated, it’s an open weight class (there’s another very solid Region 2 competitor in the mix), but everybody’s going to have to go through Jackson to take it.

Zander Laurin Warrior: 2020 graduate Azizbek Rustamiy made his first appearance (of which we are aware) of the season at Timber Creek, rallying for three wins on the back side of the bracket after falling in the quarters to place third. He then reached the finals of the Sharks’ next two tournaments, with an overtime loss at District 5. After a quarterfinal loss at Region 2 to an eventual state placer, Rustamiy’s path for states was a hard path, requiring him to avenge his district-finals loss. But he ran the table in the consis, with two decisions and a fall to place fourth. For achieving every wrestler’s goal in just a month of season to do it, Azizbek Rustamiy is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Atlantic.

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#TheSeason2019-20: Episcopal

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

We are on the downward slope of the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our ninth team up this round and fourth out of 1A-District 3, the 43rd team overall, is Episcopal.

EPISCOPAL

You can see everything I have on the Eagles in 2019-20 here –>  EPISCOPAL

Win/loss record: 16-17 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Eagles’ performance in IBT events.

EPISCOPAL LOGO  Season in a nutshell: After a midweek dual loss opened the season on December 4th, Episcopal traveled to region rival Bishop Snyder for its one-day North Florida Duals on the 7th, taking a 2-3 duals record. After nearly two weeks off the competitive mats, Episcopal next went to district rival Yulee for its two-day Yulee Duals tournament on the 20th and 21st, compiling a 3-4 weekend record. After the holidays, Episcopal hosted its annual Rob Bierbaum Invitational on January 4, winning one of three duals there. Two days later, the Eagles split a pair of duals in placing third in the 1A-District 3 tournament, and the following weekend saw Episcopal compete at city rival Terry Parker’s USMC Duals two-day tournament on the 10th and 11th, where it compiled a 6-2 weekend record and placed fifth as a team. After a midweek duals loss on the 14th, the Trojans then went to Tallahassee for Lincoln’s one-day Trojan Invitational, which also was duals in format for this year. Episcopal was 3-2 and placed fifth in that event. After a midweek dual loss on the 29th, the Eagles then wrapped up the regular season with two Rotary IBTs, placing 25th at the Flagler Rotary on February 1 and finishing 24th at the Clay Rotary on the 7th and 8th. Episcopal finished fifth at the 1A-District 3 traditional tournament, and placed 14th at the Region 1 event at Wakulla, with no state qualifiers. Although the Eagles will lose two post-season starting seniors from this past year’s team, Episcopal can call upon as many as 10 key returners from 2019-20 next year, and the Eagles had a couple more kids that were just short on matches.

Note: Records are as compiled by Matmen.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Scott Busey (sophomore, 20-17 at 106, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Cohen Chesser (sophomore, 12-3 at 106/113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Christian Ryan (junior, 24-9 at 113, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Joe Jackson (senior, 30-15 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Baylor Maurer (sophomore, 10-10 at 120/126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Ben Helton (sophomore, 17-19 at 126, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Noah Meyer (senior, 26-15 at 132, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Brennan Doherty (sophomore, 16-16 at 160, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); John Fernandez (sophomore, 17-21 at 170, 1 match from regions); Kent Robinson (sophomore, 7-18 at 182/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Robert Jackson (9-14 at 145, 1 match from regions); Reid Hampton (35-11 at 152, district champ, 1 match from states).

2019-20 MVP: Unlike many MVPs that we highlight in this space over the course of spring and summer (but hopefully not fall), 2020 graduate Reid Hampton didn’t dominate a lot of opponents. But very few wrestlers that led their teams have maximized their abilities as much as Hampton had over the past six seasons, going from a part-time varsity starter while still a middle-schooler to a takedown away from a state appearance. Very few worked harder, and it was the values Hampton brought to the table, rather than just the stats, that made him most valuable to the Eagles this year. There were some wins, to be sure; in fact, Hampton won 18 straight matches after a Bierbaum loss to an eventual state placer, with a 6-0 weekend at Parker and a 5-0 day at Lincoln. Hampton was sixth at both Flagler and Clay, and powered through two wins for the Eagles’ lone District 3 individual title. Hampton might not ever wrestle again, but the values gained should sustain him for far longer than a wrestling career.

2020-21 captain: Rising senior Joe Jackson has had a similar progression to his career over the last three seasons that Hampton had, slowly but surely moving up the ladder of success. Jackson got out to a start that saw him win his first six and nine of his first 10; after four straight losses at Yulee and Bierbaum, Jackson then won 12 matches in a row, including a 7-0 weekend at Terry Parker. He had solid tournament appearances at Lincoln and Flagler (3-2 at both) and was 2-2 at Clay. Jackson avenged his first loss of the year with a District 3 semifinal win, falling only to a state placer in the final. He then knocked off a district champ en route to the semis at Wakulla, and it took two state qualifiers — both of them making or have made the state podium — to keep him from states at Region 1. We expect that could be fixed in March 2021.

Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore John Fernandez had to jump in right from the jump in his freshman season, and it was a pretty decent jump in, as he got out to a 4-1 start, with four max-point wins at 170. He shared some time at 182 as well as at 170 for Yulee Duals, and had a solid first half of the year, with a better than .500 record. Things got tougher down the stretch for Fernandez, though, as he won just three of his last 13 matches (all of those at Lincoln), with losses in his final seven matches. Still, though, Fernandez kept on battling, trying to score points for his team at Flagler, Clay and District 3. For battling through the adversity of being an upperweight freshman, John Fernandez is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Episcopal.

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